Hal painted for 65 years of his life and was able to capture the Australian landscape with a commitment to representational art connecting light with seasons. The talent was always there. Hal gives you the opportunity to identify a special place and moment.
Hal was passionate about the bush and specialised in painting bush scenes but his talent was by no means limited to the bush. He also painted still life and after moving to the Sunshine Coast in 1972 he painted many beach scenes often including banksias and grass trees. In 1992 he demonstrated his versatility by becoming a finalist in the “Doug Moran Portrait Competition”. The four major prizes he has won at the prestigious Camberwell Rotary Art Show were considered by Hal to be amongst his most satisfying achievements.
In 2003, Hal with his wife Christa, spent three months in Florence attending Master Classes at Florence’s famous Uffizi Gallery. Christa said that many Master Class students would often stop their own work and watch Hal paint as they were amazed by his skills and techniques. On his return Hal held an exhibition of Florentine scenes, quite a move away from his Australian bush paintings.
Hal was named as one of the legends of the century of his region. His works feature in international magazines and galleries - exhibitions are a way of life and winning major art prizes stand testimony to his talent. Hal has had over 30 solo exhibitions in Queensland and in other States, many of which have been sell-outs. Hal features in private collections all across Australia, in New York, London, Ireland and many other places across the globe.
The temptation was never there to waver from capturing the bush and bush floor - which he loved - in its true form.